The U.S. military says troops have begun arriving in NATO ally Turkey to man Patriot missile batteries against threats from neighboring Syria.
Influential Shi'ite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr has reached out to Iraq's religious minorities, visiting a church and a Sunni mosque in Baghdad.
Activists say Syrian warplanes are bombarding suburbs of Damascus as government troops continue an offensive against rebels on the outskirts of the capital.
Iran says it agrees in principle to resume international talks on its controversial nuclear program later this month.
Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai has been discharged from the British hospital where she was treated after being shot by the Taliban for her work in promoting girls' education.
Nearly two years after Egypt's revolution promised a more representative future, the rights of Egyptian women remain tentative. Rights groups say violence against women is on the rise, and they want the government to intervene.
French actor Gerard Depardieu has reportedly confirmed that he requested the Russian passport that he was granted on January 3.
Pakistan has announced it will convene a United Nations Security Council debate on the effectiveness of the international community's counterterrorism policies.
Officials in Tehran have ordered schools, universities, government offices, and other institutions to close on January 5 because of high air pollution in the Iranian capital.
The Pentagon said the death of Mullah Nazir would mark a "significant blow" against militants.
Venezuela's government says President Hugo Chavez is suffering from a "severe" respiratory infection.
Former U.S. Ambassdor to the UN Bill Richardson says his planned trip to North Korea with Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a private and humanitarian visit.